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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post

    I read 'A Tale of Two Cities' when I was 14 and it changed my life.


    No shit.


    is that why you relocated from west bromwich to riyadh?

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    A tale of two titties changed my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    They look like widely accepted assertions* to me, since they are recurrent themes in so many works concerning the Vietnam War, for example 'A Bright And Shining Lie'.

    *about as close as we can get to 'facts' regarding wars.
    Yep. Historians have biases in all things as we all do.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Sound like an agenda to me
    You'll have to read it Willy. Heard a latin dancer is planning a visit to CM. I'll give it to him for drop off to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reggie View Post
    A tale of two titties changed my life.
    Yeah umm...welcome, 'newbie'.



    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    is that why you relocated from west bromwich to riyadh?
    Never lived in either, so...no.

    Did you get much reading done during your 17 years in a Hua Hin condo?

    Some Solzhenitsyn maybe?

    Edit: oh, sorry...





    etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Yeah umm...welcome, 'newbie'.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    They look like widely accepted assertions* to me, since they are recurrent themes in so many works concerning the Vietnam War, for example 'A Bright And Shining Lie'.

    *about as close as we can get to 'facts' regarding wars.
    Aaah, now I get the Vietnam jibe on another thread. You really are a must tedious and prick Cy particularly if you think my one liner was an 'analysis of the Vietnam war' but if you think a one sided account of the evil, inept corrupt West against the brave and might of the most glorious freedom fighters for motherland is a series of widely accepted assertions then go you, comrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Yep. Historians have biases in all things as we all do.


    You'll have to read it Willy. Heard a latin dancer is planning a visit to CM. I'll give it to him for drop off to you.
    Brilliant, thanks.

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    ...The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu... short sci-fi stories that range from sophomoric to (very) mildly interesting...less convoluted than The Three-Body Problem: that's the only recommendation I can offer...

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    Bullet Train by Kotario Isaka.
    I'm enjoying this, there's 5 killers on the train and they all seem to be having a bad hair day. Not bad considering I picked up 3 books at random.

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    All books on the subject of Ferdihand Magellan.

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    Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence - Amy B. Zegart

    Spying has never been more ubiquitous―or less understood. The world is drowning in spy movies, TV shows, and novels, but universities offer more courses on rock and roll than on the CIA and there are more congressional experts on powdered milk than espionage. This crisis in intelligence education is distorting public opinion, fueling conspiracy theories, and hurting intelligence policy. In Spies, Lies, and Algorithms, Amy Zegart separates fact from fiction as she offers an engaging and enlightening account of the past, present, and future of American espionage as it faces a revolution driven by digital technology.

    Drawing on decades of research and hundreds of interviews with intelligence officials, Zegart provides a history of U.S. espionage, from George Washington’s Revolutionary War spies to today’s spy satellites; examines how fictional spies are influencing real officials; gives an overview of intelligence basics and life inside America’s intelligence agencies; explains the deadly cognitive biases that can mislead analysts; and explores the vexed issues of traitors, covert action, and congressional oversight. Most of all, Zegart describes how technology is empowering new enemies and opportunities, and creating powerful new players, such as private citizens that are successfully tracking nuclear threats using little more than GoogleEarth. And she shows why cyberspace is, in many ways, the ultimate cloak-and-dagger battleground, where nefarious actors employ deception, subterfuge, and advanced technology for theft, espionage, and information warfare.

    A fascinating and revealing account of espionage for the digital age, Spies, Lies, and Algorithms is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the reality of spying today.

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    ...just downloaded the latest John Sandford effort: Ocean Prey...quick and refreshing read after translated-from-Chinese sci-fi...unfortunately, like pop corn, I'll need something else shortly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reggie View Post
    Cheers bud
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    Reading through "The accidental President " by A. J. BAIME
    Harry. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World. I highly recommend it.

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    The Waiter by Ajay Chowdhury.
    An Indian millionaire celebrates his 60th with a party that includes his new trophy wife and his ex...what could possibly go wrong. One of the waiters is a disgraced detective from calcutta to help out.
    Murder mystery set in London with flashbacks to India.

    Pretty good so far.

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    No One Wants You by Celine Roberts

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    just finished a couple
    Burke & Wills; The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's Most Famous Explorers. I never really knew this story - Fitzsimons writes a good yarn (as typical) - of a total clusterfuck where everything that could go wrong, did. (the resuce crew left the supply depot the morning - B&W returned that evening from crossing Aus - leaving them stuck to die from starvation at Cooppers Creek).

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    Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements.
    Detailed history of the mess that was the Replacements - the best ever american rock n roll band (I'm a fan tragic).
    They just blew it big time - being drunk, drugged and assholes.
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    I wanna be yours: John Cooper Clarke

    MEmoir of Britain's greatest living poet (fuck I wouldn't know if there are any other poets in blighty??? ).
    Interesting enough read of his formative years, eventual success and rollicking drug addiction. Like his life and attitude, its all a bit of a larf - with a fair whack of wit, smartarsery and high-falutin- vocab-u- lutin.
    Like all junkies that live, he seems to love life now. Definitely chicken town.

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    Fear - Trump in the Whitehouse by Bob Woodward.
    Like all of Woodward's books its easy to read and has lots of interesting anecdotes and 'insider' off record comments.
    This book covers the time from Trump's inauguration to about mid-way thru his term.
    The things that struck me - there were some real cowboys appointed by Trump, Trump was a real loose cannon but not as dumb as made out - cunning, arrogant, superficial, vain - a real [at][at][at][at] of a boss. Just as scary were some of the things his (unelected) team did to get around or prevent Trump implementing his decisions.
    The last sentence is "In the political back-and-forth, the evasions, the denials, the tweeting, th eobscuring, crying "Fake News," the indigantion, Trump had one overriding problem that Dowd knew but could not bring himself to say to the the president" "You're a fucking liar."

    Next up is "Peril" which covers the period up to Biden's inauguration.

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    Just finished this, very good.

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    This up next. Examines how culpable the yanks were in creating the monster that was the Khmer Rouge.

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    If anyone is in the UK and wants cheap 2nd hand books with free postage try out Wob | World of Books | Buy cheap second-hand books online

    There are some great bargains to be had and by buying 2nd hand you are helping the environment!

    + you can get some of the older more classic covers. I find modern day covers to be lacking somewhat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonecollector View Post
    find modern day covers to be lacking somewhat.
    In what way?

    Does it affect the read?

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